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Summary

  1. Man Utd's Lingard set for £100K a week
  2. Five Premier League news conferences
  3. Grand National final 40 named - also meeting starts
  4. France v GB Davis Cup draw
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your worst referee howlers #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson & Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    That is that for Sportsday today.

    It's Premier League news conferences galore on Friday.

    Plus we'll have a review of the first-round action from the Masters and we will again bring you live coverage from Aintree.

    See you then.

  2. On this day

    In 1896 the first modern Olympic games got underway in Athens. A total of 241 athletes from 14 countries competed. 

    The opening ceremony of the first modern Olympic games
  3. Double W's wins at Aintree

    Double W's (8-1), ridden by Brian Hughes for trainer Malcolm Jefferson, won the Red Rum Chase at Aintree.

    Meanwhile jockey Katie Walsh - who is due to ride Wonderful Charm in the Grand National on Saturday - has been taken to hospital with an arm injury after a fall in the Foxhunters' Chase.

    Result

    1 Double W's 8-1

    2 Theinval 15-2

    3 Bun Doran 6-1 fav

    Full Aintree results

  4. Murray on the mend

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    World number one Andy Murray is continuing his recovery having withdrawn from the Miami Open with an elbow injury.

    The 29-year-old Briton will also miss Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against France this weekend but has, ironically, been putting himself through the paces at the academy of the country's leading coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

    Here he is out in the fresh clay-coated air with Greek 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas.

  5. Start of the Arsenal charge?

    Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

    Arsenal

    It was a good night for Theo Walcott and his Arsenal team-mates as they recorded a 3-0 win over West Ham to move back into fifth position in the Premier League.

  6. Lingard set for £100K-a-week deal

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Jesse Lingard

    England midfielder Jesse Lingard is close to agreeing a new long-term contract with Manchester United.

    The 24-year-old has been in talks with United for a number of weeks over a deal that could net him £100,000-a-week.

    It is not thought negotiations have been completed but no hitches are anticipated.

    Lingard joined United as an eight-year-old.

    After spells on loan at Leicester, Birmingham and Brighton he was given his first-team debut by Louis van Gaal against Swansea, in the opening game of the 2014-15 season.

    Lingard has now made 70 appearances and won four England caps.

    He holds the rare distinction of scoring in three successive games for his club at Wembley.

    After netting the winner in last season's FA Cup final at Wembley, Lingard also scored against Leicester in the Community Shield and Southampton as United won the EFL Cup in February.

  7. 'The English riders are pushier than us!'

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    Elena McGorum prepares for the Youth Tour of Scotland

    Meet the teenage girls from Peebles taking on the Youth Tour of Scotland , the biggest youth stage race in the UK, which starts tomorrow.

    Young riders from across the country, plus Ireland and the Isle of Man, will compete over four days on the road in Perthshire, with individual and team prizes up for grabs.

    Read Elena and Anna's story (and Mum's!), here.

  8. "I think I'll be less stressed in GB"

    Athletics

    Miguel Francis

    Miguel Francis says he is more likely to fulfil his potential after switching allegiance from Antigua and Barbuda to Great Britain.

    The 22-year-old, who ran the seventh fastest 200m of 2016, is eligible for Britain as he was born in Montserrat, an Overseas Territory without its own Olympic team.

    "I think I'll be less stressed when in a better environment, where people look after you better," he told BBC Sport.

    "I do think I will perform better."

  9. Hamilton in China

    Formula 1

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    Lewis Hamilton is ready. Are you?

    The Mercedes kingpin will be in first practice in China from 02:55 tomorrow morning.

    There will be live text and 5 live sports extra coverage of that, but first a bit of a preview on 5 live at 20:00 BST tonight.

  10. Dineur wins at Aintree

    The 16-1 shot Dineur has won the Foxhunters Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree.

    Last year's runner-up, ridden by James King for trainer Mickey Bowen,  saw off the challenge of Balnaslow with a gallant run from veteran 15-year-old Big Fella Thanks in third.

    Result

    1 Dineur 16-1

    2 Balnaslow 7-1

    3 Big Fella Thanks 40-1

    Full Aintree results

  11. Warrington sign England union player

    You see, it happens the other way too.

    Warrington have completed the signing of rugby union wing Taylor Prell after he scored four tries in a trial match for the club's reserves.

    The 20-year-old winger -  a member of England Under-18s' European Championship-winning team - has joined from union Championship club Yorkshire Carnegie on a two-year contract. 

  12. Masters pay tribute to Palmer

    Golf

    Player, Palmer, Payne, Nicklaus

    Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player helped pay tribute to Arnold Palmer as they continued their role as honorary starters of the Masters.

    The pair are usually joined by Palmer - who died in September - in hitting the first shots on the opening hole.

    Instead Palmer's widow Kit was accompanied to the first tee by Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, who paid tribute to the four-time Masters champion. 

    "For the first time in decades someone is obviously missing. The unbearable sadness about that is surpassed only by the level of affection," said Payne.

    Coverage of the first round.

  13. Conte dismisses Italy return rumours

    Chelsea

    Antonio Conte

    Antonio Conte has reiterated his desire to remain at Chelsea despite persistent rumours of him returning to Italy.

    The 47-year-old former Juventus and Italy head coach has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

    Conte, who signed a three-year deal last year, told Sky Sport Italia: "Now we are fighting hard.

    "We're trying to finish this season by achieving something great and unexpected. Then we will certainly try to build something great together." 

  14. Fitting tribute for a football great

    Watford

    Graham Taylor
  15. Intriguing

    Follow the live action on the BBC's live text coverage.

  16. Hornets news conference coming up

    Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Watford

    Watford boss Walter Mazzarri will be speaking soon - our final pre-match Premier League news conference of the day.

    Will his side make it three wins on the spin... against Spurs... at White Hart Lane?

    You never know...

    OK, maybe you do.

  17. Buveur D'Air wins Aintree Hurdle

    Champion hurdler Buveur D'Air completes a Cheltenham-Aintree double with victory in the Aintree Hurdle.

    It was a repeat of the Cheltenham result as the Nicky Henderson-trained horse beat runner-up My Tent Or Yours.

    Barry Geraghty was on board the 4-9 favourite this time having missed last month's Festival through injury.

    Full Aintree results

  18. 'We scraped ourselves off the floor'

    Jane Williams, the mother of winning jockey Lizzie Kelly, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after her daughter won the Betway Bowl at Aintree on Tea For Two.

    "I spent three-quarters of the race in the car park trying to hide," said Jane, wife of Nick Williams.

    "We had such disappointment at Cheltenham [in the Gold Cup]. It's hard when you expect a big run, to come crashing down at the second.

    "We scraped ourselves off the floor that day. The horse has been doing a lot of dressage and has been very well."

    Lizzie Kelly
  19. And from the football world...

    Although the Southampton striker is also an owner.

  20. Kelly triumphs at Aintree

    Andrew Thornton

    National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a performance to win by a neck in a Grade One race like this."

    Lizzie Kelly won the Betway Bowl on 10-1 shot Tea For Two, from Cue Card.